California Hate Crime Attorney

Have you been cited for a Hate Crime in the State of California? Do not face this charge alone! Let Weber Law help you today!

In California, being found guilty of hate crime can come with serious consequences ranging from jail time to a hefty fine. There are different aspects to hate crime, all of which come with serious penalties. A charge of hate crime can have detrimental effects on your record that can follow you for life. Do not face these charges alone; do not face the court room alone.  Let Weber Law help you today!

California Hate Crime Charges and Penalties

What is a Hate Crime

In California, a hate crime means a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the victim:

    • Disability;
    • Gender;
    • Nationality;
    • Race or ethnicity;
    • Religion;
    • Sexual orientation; or
    • Association with a person or group with one or more of these actual perceived characteristics.

No person, whether or not acting under the color of law, shall by force or threat of force, willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, oppress, or threaten any other person in the free exercise of enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him or her by the Constitution or laws in the State of California because of one or more of the actual or perceived characteristics of the victim as listed above.

No person, whether or not acting under the color of law, shall knowingly deface, damage, or destroy the real or personal property of any other person for the purpose of intimidating or interfering with the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to the other person by the Constitution or laws of this state, in whole or in part because of one or more of the actual or perceived characteristics of the victim as listed above.

Examples of hate crimes include but are not limited to damaging a church or religious building because of that religion, using force or threats of force to intimidate a person from exercising their constitutional rights, or killing someone because of their race, gender, or sexual orientation.

The definition of hate crime can include so many things which makes it so important to have legal counsel who is confident and knowledgeable in the law.

What is the Punishment?

A person who has been convicted for a hate crime in California can be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year, a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both, and community service.

The punishment can be determined depending on the exact crime that was committed and if violence was involved.  It is important to have legal counsel to advocate for you for the lowest sentence possible.

Even as a Defendant, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!

Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights, and it is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged.  Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction.  Do not try to fight these charges on your own—Weber Law is ready to help you today.

Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a hate crime charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.

"He did everything he could to solve my case. There was no moment where I felt like I was alone. He went to his full extent to help me lower my charges. Great lawyer.”

ROGER | WEBER LAW CLIENT
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What should you do if you are being charged with a Hate Crime and how can Weber Law help?

If you have been accused of a hate crime, no matter the circumstances, let Weber Law help you today. It can be a stressful situation to have criminal charges pending and Weber Law will work for you. Let Weber Law work to have your citation dismissed or dropped to a lower offense. If that is not possible, we will negotiate the best deal for you, which could include a shorter jail time or no jail time, and a lesser fine. 

There are potential defenses against a charge of a hate crime, which include but are not limited to being falsely accused, and a misunderstanding.

Weber Law will look at every aspect of your case, including people you know and even your prior criminal record. Let Weber Law build the best defense for you! A charge of a hate crime on your record could potentially hurt future job offers and ruin your record. Weber Law is experienced in defending these charges and getting you back to a life free of criminal charges. It is never a good idea to face these charges without an attorney. The court room can be intimidating, and you need someone with experience. Any blemish on your record can have detrimental effects on the rest of your life. Let Weber Law’s experienced attorneys fight for you in court. If you or someone you know has been accused of a hate crime in California, contact Weber Law today for a consultation.

CA Penal Code § 422.55, Hate Crime, defined
CA Penal Code § 422.6, Interference with exercise of civil rights because of actual or perceived characteristics of victim; damaging property; punishment; speech; charging.

A Los Angeles, California Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

Weber Law will aggressively fight for your rights. Contact us today!

We believe that justice is an idea that can triumph only when living people make it so. We are dedicated to justice. We wish to run a business that is at once profitable while allowing us to promote the rights of our fellow community members. We will stand for the poor when they are in need and their cause is just. We will work for any responsible business. We will represent all races, creeds, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, and backgrounds.

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80 South Lake Ave. Ste. 590, Pasadena, California 91101

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